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Wired up: Week 9


The biggeset fantasy story last week was Steve Slaton going to the bench after an early first-quarter fumble and Ryan Moats handling the running duties the rest of the way. Moats ran for 126 yards and three touchdowns.

So it should come as no surprise Texans Coach Gary Kubiak was noncommital when addressing who would be the featured runner against Indianapolis on Sunday.

"I'm going to play them all," Kubiak told reporters on Monday. "I'm in no hurry to make that decision, but, obviously, we're going to need all three of them. We'll make a decision when we get to Indianapolis."

"All" means Slaton, Moats and Chris Brown are going to get touches, as Houston becomes the latest team to move to a timeshare backfield.

Moats leads this week's waiver wire recommendations from around the Web, including topping the list for ESPN's Talented Mr. Roto, Matthew Berry.

"Moats is the no-brainer, must-have, No. 1 pickup of the week," according to Berry.

Moats is the top player on Fantasy Sharks' Smokin' Hot list, with the following endorsement: "No one is certain what will happen going forward, not even the coach. One thing is certain, Moats should be owned in all formats."

Fantasy Guru ranks Moats fifth among its top waiver wire running backs. Jamaal Charles is first, followed by Shonn Greene, Correll Buckhalter and Justin Fargas.

Bruno Boys has Moats second among waiver wire running backs behind LeSean McCoy, who probably isn't available in deeper leagues.'s Michael Fabiano has Charles and Moats on his list of players to target on the waiver wire.

Moats is a player to add to your scout team, according to CBSSports senior fantasy writer Jamey Eisenberg. Also on his list are Alex Smith, Vince Young, Maurice Morris and Malcom Floyd.

By Gene Wang  |  November 4, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  | Category:  Fantasy Football Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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